Archived Webinars

Archived Webinars

Physical Activity and Recess in Schools 05.26.16

Physical Activity and Recess in Schools

On May 25, 2016, Penn State PRO Wellness and special guest Betty Ann Fish from Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia discuss physical activity and recess in schools.

Topics included:

  • the importance of offering increased physical activity and recess in the school setting,
  • tools and resources available,
  • strategies to incorporate physical activity into the school day,
  • examples of quality recess programs.

You are welcome to access the Physical Activity and Recess in Schools presentation slides for review and download.

Resources:

Food and Beverage Marketing in Schools 05.05.16

Food and Beverage Marketing in Schools

On May 5, 2016, Penn State PRO Wellness and special guests Caitlin Merlo, MPH, RD, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Sally Mancini, MPH, from the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity discussed food and beverage marketing in schools.

Topics included: 

  • What is food marketing in schools and how common is it?
  • Why is it important to address food marketing in schools?
  • What tools and resources are available to help assess food marketing in schools?
  • How can you change the food marketing environment in your school or district?

You are welcome to access Food and Beverage Marketing in Schools presentation slides for review and download.

Resources:

UCONN Rudd Center model school wellness policy
Change Lab Solutions–District Policy Restricting Food and Beverage Advertising on School Grounds and First Amendment Rules
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Well SAT 2.0
California Project Lean School Food Assessment Tool
Food Marketing Workgroup
Bridging the Gap – Marketing and Promotion of Foods and Beverages in School
CDC Food Marketing in Schools

Quality Physical Education (PE) in Schools 01.20.16

Quality Physical Education (PE) in Schools

On January 20, 2016, Penn State PRO Wellness and special guest David Schmidt, from North Allegheny School District, discussed quality physical education in schools.

Topics included: 

  • the importance of quality PE;
  • defining the mission of your PE program;
  • examples of quality PE programs;
  • key steps to increase support for PE in your school; and
  • resources to develop your program

You are welcome to access Quality PE presentation slides for review and download.

Resources:

The Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PSAHPERD)
SHAPE America
Grant Opportunities
Dave Schmidt – North Allegheny High School PE Website

Water Access in Schools 10.23.15

Water Access in Schools

On Thursday October 22, 2015, Penn State PRO Wellness discussed water access and water policies in schools.

Topics included: 

  • An overview of water access guidelines for schools
  • Barriers and solutions to water access challenges
  • Key steps to broaden water access in your school
  • Resources on water access policy and implementation

You are welcome to access the presentation slides for review and download.

Resources:

CDC “Increasing Access to Drinking Water in Schools”
ChangeLab Solutions “Model Wellness Policy Language for Water Access in Schools”
ChangeLab Solutions “Drinking Water Access in Schools”
Environmental Protection Agency
USDA—Memorandum on Water Availability During Meal Service
Water in Schools
Water in Schools Water Works Guide

Fundraising at its Healthiest 06.04.15

Fundraising at its Healthiest: What You Need to Know

On Thursday, June 4, 2015, Penn State PRO Wellness discussed how your school can incorporate “healthy” into its fundraisers.

Topics included:

  • Benefits and challenges of moving toward healthier fundraisers
  • Resources to help create healthier fundraisers

You are welcome to access the presentation slides for review and download.

Resources:

Alliance for a Healthier Generation
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service
PA Department of Education –Division of Food & NutritionSearch “Food and Nutrition Services”

Effective Grant Writing 03.18.15

Effective Grant Writing: Developing A Stand-Out Grant Application

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, Penn State PRO Wellness discussed writing effective grant applications.

Topics included:
• an overview of grants;
• keys to navigating a grant application; and
• techniques to make your grant application stand out to a reviewer.

You are welcome to access the presentation slides for review and download.

Resources:

Highmark Foundation
Grant Opportunities
Grant Writing Tips

Joint Use Agreements 02.25.15

Joint Use Agreements: Working Together to Create a Healthier Community

On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, Penn State PRO Wellness, along with special guests, Manel Kappagoda, from ChangeLab Solutions and Anne Clark, from Lincoln Charter School, discussed how joint use agreements can bring together schools, organizations, and communities to increase opportunities for physical activity and wellness.

Topics included:

  • an overview of joint use agreements (JUA),
  • benefits and challenges of JUAs,
  • key points to consider when developing a JUA, and
  • an example of a successful JUA project.

You are welcome to access the presentation slides for review and download.

Resources:

ChangeLab Solutions

Checklist for Developing a JUA

Active Living Research

School Facilities Cost Calculator

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Joint Use Task Force

Lincoln Charter School Facebook Page

Questions and Answers from Webinar

School Wellness Councils 12.10.14

School Wellness Councils

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Penn State PRO Wellness, along with special guest David Genova from the Pottstown School District, discussed how schools can establish and sustain a wellness council. Topics included:

  • an overview of wellness councils,
  • information about how your school can find members for the wellness council,
  • strategies for creating a council and keeping it active and engaged over time, and
  • lessons learned from the Pottstown School District.

You are welcome to access the presentation slides for review and download.

Resources:

School Wellness Council Question and Answer Section

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Adolescent and School Health

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Pottstown School District Facebook Page

Let’s Move! 

Please download our School Wellness Council resources.

School Health Assessments: Healthier Schools Start Here! 09.25.14

School Health Assessments: Healthier Schools Start Here!

On Thursday, September 25, 2014, Penn State PRO Wellness, along with special guest Megan Diehl from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, hosted a webinar discussion on how school assessments can lead to healthier schools. Topics included:

  • an overview of school health assessments
  • resources available to schools interested in completing an assessment
  • information on how your school can team up with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to review and update wellness policies and programs for your students, staff and community

You are welcome to access the presentation slides for review and download.

Resources:

Download our School Health Assessment Tool Comparison Chart

Download our Webinar Questions and Answers document.

School Nutrition: Rethink How Your Students Refuel 05.21.14

School Nutrition: Rethink How Your Students Refuel

On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, Penn State PRO Wellness hosted a webinar on how to refresh nutrition in your school! Topics included:

      1. School meal and smart snack guidelines for the 2014/2015 school year and beyond;
      2. Tips for involving all members of the school community in promoting healthy food choices; and
      3. Tools and resources for fun and factual nutrition education.

In addition Kathryn Hoy, MFN, RD, CDN, joined us from the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs (BEN Center). Kate shared information and resources from The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement, an initiative designed to equip school lunchrooms with evidence-based tools that improve child eating behaviors and thus improve the health of children.

You are welcome to access the Presentation Slides for your review.

Resources:

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

USDA Smart Snacks in School Regulation and Policy Guidance

USDA Team Nutrition

Alliance Smart Snack Calculator 

The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement 

MyPlate

Self-Assessment Tools

 

Move it Outside with CSPAP! 03.25.14

Reenergize physical activity in your school and community this Spring using components of your Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP).

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, Penn State PRO Wellness hosted a webinar on how to move it outside this Spring while developing your CSPAP in the following areas:

1.     Physical activity during the school day
2.     Physical activity before and after school
3.     Family and community engagement

Our special guest, Anthony Johnson, Deputy Director of the Partnership Transportation Management Association of Montgomery County, shared best practices for how his organization and a local school partnered to create a bike share program and increased mobile transportation in their community.

You are welcome to access the presentation slides for your review.

Resources:

Physical Activity and Academics:

Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program 

Active Transportation:

Healthy Champions Program